There are so many things that we want to achieve in so many categories that it gets tough to sort through it all to decide what gets your attention. I'm in school right now so everyone thinks that class should be my focus but I can't help but think I will never need to know Spanish again. But then again I do want to get a good job and to do that I need to graduate so that in turn makes Spanish class important. This means that now things that aren't important to you can become important because of other things. This is why goals are so confusing. But the Bible actually has some clues on how to prioritize.
13Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”
14Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
15Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
The way I understand this is that James is saying to these businessmen that goals aren't bad, in fact they are good. However, we can only achieve them if God allows us to, or better yet even allows us to live. So if we make Him our first goal and then move on from there we will be fine. It sounds really easy, I know. The part where I still get tripped up is all of my other goals and not moving them ahead of Him. I have to write down all of my goals and then see which ones are just for me and which ones can advance my relationship with Him. It's a funny thing thinking about every little thing we do and how it effects our relationship with God. I think it is beneficial and challenging. Our perspective on life is constantly changing, the best we can do is to hope that we can keep God a constant throughout, then maybe He will save our souls.